Mr. Taylor's English Classroom Syllabus

    With my Liberal Arts background in English/Theatre and my love of History, I have always thought about teaching. I always felt that I would very much enjoy teaching children and believe few things are as rewarding as preparing our youth for the future. After graduating college, I fell into working in the Information Technology field and, unfortunately, turned my back on my dream. After having been laid off three times, the last time of which was because my position was outsourced to a foreign country, I decided that it was time to reassess what I was doing professionally. I made the decision to pursue my dream of teaching. I have high hopes that I can find a truly rewarding experience for both me and my students.
    Within my classroom, I intend to bring my love of reading, the performing arts, and history. I have visited a number of historical landmarks and can enrich my presentations with that real world experience. My Theatre background will be invaluable in bringing literature to life for my students.

"Righteous indignation is no substitute for a decisive course of action."
-- Otto von Bismarck

    It is wholly appropriate to have a passion about things that interest you IF you do something about it! Therefore, I invite all of my students to embrace what they are passionate about and make an effort to change what bothers them!

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    President Barack Obama has called our Nation to "Do Something" for others; to take and make every opportunity to volunteer and participate in Community Service. Use the following link to discover a cause and "Do Something" about it!

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"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters to what lies within us."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

    The students of today are the world leaders of tomorrow. They can overcome any amount of adversity if they believe in their abilities to affect a change.

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What will students read this year?

    The following is the syllabus for the 2009-2010 school year.

Is everything that students do graded?

    Of course! I will never give a classwork or homework assignment that is designed to "keep students busy." All students are expected to do their very best on each and every assignment no exceptions!

What is the grading scale?

A = 93-100
B = 85-92
C = 77-84
D = 70-76
F = 69 and below

Will there be opportunities for extra credit?

    Every nine-week period, students will have the opportunity to earn up to three Homework/5-point Passes which may be exchanged for either a homework assignment or to add 5-points to a quiz or test score. Additionally, students may attend one Lyceum Event per nine-week period to earn an additional quiz grade.

What is a "Lyceum Event?"

    Lyceum was the name of the school founded in Athens by Aristotle, in a grove or gymnasium dedicated to Apollo Lyceus. There, the famous philosopher taught many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethics, biology and zoology. With that in mind, students may attended one cultural event per nine-week period and have it count as an additional quiz grade. Students must submit a ticket stub, program (if available) of the event, and a 3-paragraph written review of the event to receive the credit. Also, the event must be approved by me before the event occurs.


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Contact Information:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Telephone (8:00 AM - 4:15 PM, M-F): (804) 555-1234
E-mail address:
Planning Period: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM, M-F

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All Original Material is Copyright 2009 by W. Kent Taylor. All Rights Reserved.
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